Tracing Military Ancestors
WWI French & US Frontline:
Location 6 – Ouvrage de Froideterre (Verdun Sector)
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Built in 1887-88 and completed from 1902 to 1905, the Ouvrage de Froideterre played a key role in the Battle of Verdun during the summer of 1916. Following the capture of Forts Douaumont and Vaux, it, together with neighbouring positions at Thiaumont and Souville, were the last fortifications between the Germans and the town itself.
The most severe attack came on 23rd June when, after two days of continuous bombardment, the Germans launched 19 regiments against the French defences. Despite being only an intermediate type fort and lacking underground communications between the fighting casemates and turrets, the garrison of Froideterre performed magnificently and the 75mm gun and two machine guns defeated the German assault.
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